What I Would Tell My Younger Self

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

If we could turn back time...
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Wouldn't it be great if we could go back in time? Maybe we could change a few things and make better choices. We all make mistakes and we all have regrets. I've sure had my fair share. Sometimes, I wish I could take back some things or prevent things from happening. Although everything in my life has made me who I am today, I definitely could have saved myself some time if I could go back and tell my younger self a few things.

Do better in school.

I would tell myself that hard work will pay off in the long run and caring about school is very important. I would change the way I viewed school and teach myself why it is so important and where it's going to take me in life.

Be kind to yourself.

It's fair to say that I was not easy on myself. I would tell my younger self to be body positive and that her body is beautiful and her own. I'd make it be known that it is important to believe in yourself and support yourself.

Let Him Go

I know many others told me to. I would go back and tell myself to listen. I would tell myself you're young and this guy is totally not worth the constant trouble and heartbreak. I'd hope to teach her to put herself first and never let anybody walk all over her and that someone much more worthy will find her down the line.

Appreciate your family

I would tell myself to be kind to my family, most importantly my mother. I would teach myself that my mother is the most important person in my life and to treat her with more respect, kindness, and love.

Stand up for yourself.

I was always the one to get stepped on or taken advantage of until I had to learn the hard way that I had to change. Say no. Turn them down. Defend yourself. These are lessons I would teach myself because that young girl needs to learn that she is tougher than she thinks.

Enjoy everything

When I say everything, I mean everything. I would tell myself enjoy the parties and the outings because they're not going to happen as much in the future. I'd tell myself to enjoy the friendships, bonds, and sports games. These things don't last forever and are very easy to miss.

Not everyone is your friend

I was friends with everyone in high school. No really, I mean everyone. I swore that I had all these friends but in reality, they were never my good friends after all. I would tell myself to notice these fake friendships and not trust everyone I come to meet.

Don't let the rumors get to you

High school=rumors. My younger self needed to know that these don't deserve attention, stress, or the dilemma. I'd tell myself that the rumors are stupid and happen to everyone.

Your happiness and mental health are most important.

I learned this eventually and when I did, my life changed. And although that journey was way beyond worth it, I wish I knew this a little bit sooner. I would tell myself that being happy is the most important thing and that my mental health comes before the grades on a report card, no matter what my parent told me. I would tell myself to take care of herself and be aware that it's okay to not be okay sometimes.



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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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